The Version1 Rocket League team arrived in Los Angeles for the RLCS Winter Major this week, and the squad has been preparing for their first match of the event with a ferocious intensity. In between practice sessions, we chatted with BeastMode about life as a young professional gamer and his mindset going into the team’s LAN debut.
“I’m feeling confident about the whole situation. There’s a lot of firsts for me this week, you know? It’s my first time in Los Angeles, and the first time I’ve ever been on a plane. I got a bit of motion sickness. It’s pretty crazy how fast the plane goes, and my Dad and my Mom were a bit scared, but we made it here in one piece.”
THE BEGINNING OF THE BEASTMODE ERA
At 14, BeastMode knew he was destined for professional gaming greatness. He took the first official step towards realizing that goal less than a year later, joining the Kansas City Pioneers in July of 2020.
“As soon as I turned 15, I signed with an organization, and at that moment, I knew it was real,” BeastMode tells us. “It had always been something I wanted to do.”
The RLCS Winter Major represents another huge milestone in BeastMode’s already impressive career. Over the past two and a half years, Rocket League events have all taken place online. Now, it’s time for the prodigy to make his IRL debut — for young players, the transition from online competition to LAN is an intense rite of passage.
“At the end of the day, you’re playing a game,” he says. “There’s so much work, preparation, and intensity that goes into this. I always tell myself that I’m here for a reason, and it’s important to have fun with it along the way.”
SIGNING WITH VERSION1
In January of 2022, BeastMode joined Version1, and drove out to our HQ in Minnesota with his family to meet the team, start practicing, and get ready for the season.
“Signing with Version1 was the best decision I’ve ever made in my entire life. I love my team – it’s the right group of pro gamers, and I’ve always wanted that. Everyone here is amazing.”
Version1 plays their first games of the RLCS Winter Major against Team Faze and Team Queso today.
Version1 vs. FaZe Clan
12:00 PM CT / 10:00 AM PT
Version1 vs. Team Queso
1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT